Opportunities to contribute to undergraduate MBChB General Practice Student Education

The Undergraduate Medical School is looking to recruit keen General Practice educators to the Medical Curriculum.

This page outlines a number of excellent opportunities to get involved with undergraduate General Practice student education.

The Medical School is greatly appreciative of the contributions made by those who assist with the teaching and assessment of our students. 

If you would like to find out more about the opportunities available, please contact us at: gpteachingopps@glasgow.ac.uk

Vocational Studies (Years 1 & 2)

About:

Vocational Studies (VS) is an integral part of Year 1 and Year 2 medical student education, covering clinical examination skills, ethics, professional values, communication skills, and early patient contact.

VS is taught during term times on Tuesdays (am and pm), Wednesdays (am), and Thursdays (am and pm). It involves small group teaching with 8-9 students meeting with their tutor weekly throughout the academic year. Most tutors undertake one session a week, primarily in the Wolfson Medical School Building, although some clinical skills sessions and project work are undertaken at GP practices.

It is ideal if prospective tutors are already associated with a practice in the West of Scotland which can be used as a base for teaching clinical skills and finding patients for coursework projects. 


Payment: 

Remuneration is £200 per session - payments are made as personal fees by the university.


Who can apply:

Open to fully qualified GPs and non-GPs with at least 5 years clinical experience - from the Ayrshire & Arran, Forth Valley, Greater Glasgow & Clyde and Lanarkshire health boards.


How to apply:

Notes of interest are welcome throughout the year via: med-sch-vs@glasgow.ac.uk, with recruitment and formal applications in May/June (N.B., recruitment has now closed for 2022-2023).

Associate Teaching Practices (Years 1 & 2)

About:

Associate Teaching Practices (ATPs) provide the context for students in Years 1 and 2 to explore the role of general practice in the community and provide access to patients for clinical teaching.

Students are always accompanied by their own Vocational Studies tutor who is medically trained and provides the clinical teaching. The tutors are typically salaried GPs who do not have their own practice. There are normally four to eight students on each visit.

The ATP would need to identify and recruit appropriate patients and provide a suitable teaching room. In Year 1 there are 5 sessions and Year 2 there are 4 sessions where an ATP is required.


Payment:

Remuneration is £130 per session and is paid gross by the health board.


Who can apply:

Open to GP Practices from the Greater Glasgow & Clyde health board.


How to apply:

Notes of interest are welcome throughout the year via: med-sch-vs@glasgow.ac.uk.

Case Based Learning (Year 3)

About:

As part of our Year 3 GP teaching week, we are looking for GP trainees to teach in our Case Based Learning (CBL) sessions.  This involves:

  • Delivering a small group teaching session to a group of c16 Year 3 students.
  • If required, training on small group facilitation will be provided .
  • Being provided with full teaching notes (outlining clinical cases, question prompts and answers).
  • A certificate of participation being provided, which you can upload to your appraisal folder.

CBL will take place within the Wolfson Medical School Building as follows:

  • Wednesday 18th January 2023 from 9.00am until 1.30pm
  • Friday 20th January 2023 from 9.00am until 1.30pm   

Who can apply:

Open to GP trainees (as a medical school we recognise that GPSTs can be fantastic role models for our students, previous participants have appreciated the opportunity to be involved with medical student teaching with several joining us as tutors for other areas of teaching on completion of their training).  


How to apply:

Please complete the short form found here.

Clinical Practice in the Community (Year 3)

About:

Students are allocated to a general practice placement in groups of 2, 3 or 4 for one day every two weeks from September to January. Tutors may choose 7 days of teaching (one group of students), 14 days of teaching (two groups attending on alternate weeks) or more, as agreed. The teaching days are either Tuesdays or Thursdays. GPs in the practice can share the teaching involvement. 

In a typical day, students observe GP surgeries or other clinics in the practice and will conduct short consultations under supervision in a ‘student-led surgery’.  They should meet 1 or 2 patients who have multimorbid health needs, to give students an insight into the challenge of living with multiple and chronic health problems. Students should have the chance to practice their clinical examination skills during their attachment, and undertake some procedural skills e.g., phlebotomy and IM injection.

The CPC module has excellent student evaluation.  Students really enjoy this general practice placement and the experience they gain from talking to and examining real patients for the first time.


Payment:

Remuneration is £1,190 per student and is paid gross by the health board.


Who can apply

Open to fully qualified GPs from the Ayrshire & Arran, Forth Valley, Greater Glasgow & Clyde and Lanarkshire health boards.


How to apply:

Applications are welcome throughout the year - to apply please complete the Brief CV Form and Tutor Application Form and email your completed forms to: gpteachingopps@glasgow.ac.uk.

Communication Skills (Year 3)

About:

This course builds on the communication skills which the students have practiced as part of Vocational Studies in Year 1 and Year 2.

Communication Skills tutors work with small groups of 8-9 students and will tackle more demanding scenarios such as: breaking bad news, difficult communication, and ethical dilemmas. This third-year course is delivered over five sessions on Tuesdays (am & pm) or Thursdays (am & pm) running from September to December. 

Ideally, tutors will register for one group of students (e.g., five sessions), however there may be some flexibility if not all five dates are convenient.  The course is based in the Medical School and does not involve practice-based teaching.


Payment: 

Remuneration is £200 per session - payments are made as personal fees by the university.


Who can apply:

Open to fully qualified GPs and non-GPs with at least 5 years clinical experience - from the Ayrshire & Arran, Forth Valley, Greater Glasgow & Clyde and Lanarkshire health boards.


How to apply:

Notes of interest are welcome throughout the year via: med-sch-y3comms@glasgow.ac.uk, with recruitment and formal applications in May/June (N.B., recruitment has now closed for 2022-2023).

Virtual Tutorials (Year 3)

About:

Virtual Tutorials run for a total of 12 Wednesday and Friday mornings between September and January. 

Tutorial content is based around recorded real-life GP consultations (professionally curated full length teaching videos from the TV series “Behind Closed Doors”). During tutorial time students and tutors consider learning outcomes for each tutorial by discussing the cases seen and working through the associated online learning content provided by the University.

  • Group 1 session runs from 9.30-11.00am and the group 2 session runs from 11.30-1.00pm.
  • Tutors can opt to teach one or two groups on the Wednesday and/or Friday.
  • Each week the same content will be taught to all groups of students.
  • Tutors will teach a group of c8 students for each tutorial.
  • Each group of students will remain the same throughout the 12 week period.

Payment: 

Remuneration is £160 per tutorial - payments are made as personal fees by the university.


Who can apply:

Open to fully qualified GPs from the Ayrshire & Arran, Forth Valley, Greater Glasgow & Clyde and Lanarkshire health boards.


How to apply:

Notes of interest are welcome throughout the year via: gpteachingopps@glasgow.ac.uk, with recruitment and formal applications in May/June (N.B., recruitment has now closed for 2022-2023).

Junior General Practice Block (Year 3)

About:

We are recruiting tutors to support the delivery of a new Year 3 GP teaching block, designed to consolidate the existing community-based curriculum. The teaching will take place on the following dates.

Each block consists of 4 weeks of General Practice teaching, repeated 4 times for the whole year group, as students rotate through four specialities (General Practice, Medicine, Surgery and their Student Selected Component). This includes:

  • Clinical Placement Attachment: groups of 2-3 students are practice-based on a Tuesday and Thursday.
  • Virtual Small Group Tutorial: a tutor will facilitate an online tutorial via Zoom with groups of c10 students on a Friday morning from 9.30-12.30pm.  During tutorial time students and tutors consider learning outcomes for each tutorial by discussing cases seen and working through associated online learning content provided by the University.

Throughout each block students will also work through an innovative learning package of GP themes and clinical cases.  These will be delivered online and on campus to support their understanding of the broader context of General Practice and demonstrate the value of integrated personal care across the lifespan.  


Payment: 

  • Clinical Placement Attachment: remuneration is £1,700 per student for each 4-week block and is paid gross by the health board.
  • Virtual Small Group Tutorial: remuneration is £200 for each 3-hour tutorial - payments are made as personal fees by the university.

What does teaching involve committing to:

There are four 4-week Junior GP blocks during the academic year and practices/tutors may offer to host as many (or as few) blocks that they are available for.

  • Clinical Placement Attachments on Tuesdays and Thursdays for each block and/or
  • Virtual Small Group Tutorials on Friday mornings between 9.30-12.30pm for each block

Who can apply:

Open to fully qualified GPs from the Ayrshire & Arran, Forth Valley, Greater Glasgow & Clyde and Lanarkshire health boards.


How to apply:

Applications are welcome throughout the year - to apply please complete the Brief CV Form and Tutor Application Form and email your completed forms to: gpteachingopps@glasgow.ac.uk.

Student Selected Components (Years 3 & 4)

About:

Student Selected Components (SSCs) are modules selected by students within the MBChB curriculum.


Menu based SSCs:

Are 4-week (Year 3) and 5-week (Year 4) blocks selected by students from a wide range of available options.

The Year 3 blocks run at the end of February, March, April and May. The topics include General Practice and:

  • ‘Deep end’ patients including slants e.g., addictions and common mental health issues
  • Frailty and care of the elderly
  • LGBTQI & Intersectionality
  • Multimorbidity and treatment burden
  • Realistic medicine

The Year 4 blocks run in September, October, November and January. The topics include General Practice and:

  • Adolescent health
  • COVID-19
  • ‘Deep end’ practice
  • Gender based violence

For non-COMET modules: the student is based in a GP surgery for two days per week.

For COMET modules: the student is based in a GP surgery for three days per week (information about COMET can be found here).

During the module students learn about every day general practice. For the remaining time they work through a self-directed package of learning which includes a variety of media: articles, webinars, podcasts, and videos on the chosen topic. The student also undertakes a project of their choice within this topic and delivers a presentation to the GP practice. The GP supervisor does not need to be an expert in the topic (e.g., gender-based violence), rather, the student uses the topic as a ‘hook’ to focus their learning, but the intention is for them to learn about general practice as well. The expectation is that the GP supervisor will provide one hour’s supervision per week for the student and assess the written final submission. Being an supervisor is not an onerous task and feedback has been very positive to date.


Self-proposed SSCs:

Students have the option to self-propose a topic of their choice and they require GP supervisors to host them in the community. The Medical School GP teaching team support the students to develop their intended learning if needed. We also hold a list of interested practices for this. If you are not sure about getting involved in SSCs, or if you have a specific expertise/interest to offer students, this is a good way to try it out!


Payment:

Is paid gross by the health board.

  • Year 3 Non-COMET SSCs (2 days per week in practice for 4 weeks) - remuneration is £1,360 per student.
  • Year 3 COMET SSCs (3 days per week in practice for 4 weeks) - remuneration is £2,040 per student.
  • Year 4 Non-COMET SSCs (2 days per week in practice for 5 weeks) - remuneration is £1,700 per student.
  • Year 4 COMET SSCs (3 days per week in practice for 5 weeks) - remuneration is £2,550 per student.

Who can apply:

Open to fully qualified GPs from the Ayrshire & Arran, Forth Valley, Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Highland and Lanarkshire health boards.


How to apply:

Applications are welcome throughout the year - to apply please complete the Brief CV Form and Tutor Application Form and email your completed forms to: med-gp-ssc@glasgow.ac.uk.

COMET GP Longitudinal Placements (Years 3, 4 & 5)

About:

Information about the Community Orientated Medical Experience Track (COMET) can be found here. 

The GP Longitudinal Placement is a unique experience for students and GP supervisors. We are looking for GPs to host a COMET student from Year 3 to finals, and Preparation for Practice. 

The student would visit the practice for one day per month, or 2 half-days per month, for 2 years.  Students will benefit from being embedded within one surgery – becoming part of the team – while getting an authentic experience of General Practice.


Payment:

Remuneration is £170 per day/£85 per half day per student and is paid gross by the health board.


Who can apply:

Open to fully qualified GPs from the Ayrshire & Arran, Forth Valley, Greater Glasgow & Clyde and Lanarkshire health boards.


How to apply:

Applications are welcome throughout the year - to apply please complete the Brief CV Form and Tutor Application Form and email your completed forms to: med-sch-comet@glasgow.ac.uk.

 

OSCE Examinations (Years 3, 4 & 5)

About:

The involvement of experienced GPs in our assessment processes is essential for the provision of suitably trained and evaluated medical graduates to the Health Service. 

Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) are a fundamental component of the University of Glasgow’s summative assessment of student's clinical skills throughout the undergraduate medical curriculum. 

Candidates are observed and evaluated as they go through a series of stations and perform a variety of clinical tasks and interview, examine and treat actors or volunteer patients who present with a medical problem.

Examiners play a vital role in the OSCE process in delivering a reliable and fair assessment process and prior to examining are required to:

  • undertake examiner training.
  • have up-to-date Equality and Diversity Training, and forward on evidence of this.
  • watch the five minute OSCE Examiners’ Briefing.
  • read the OSCE Examiner Instructions Booklet.
  • examine half or full day OSCE sessions as agreed.
  • carefully observe all candidates' performances for the duration of the OSCE station.

Payment:

Remuneration is £200 per session - payments are made as personal fees by the university.


Who can apply:

Open to fully qualified GPs from the Ayrshire & Arran, Forth Valley, Greater Glasgow & Clyde and Lanarkshire health boards.


How to apply:

To undertake training and be added to the GP OSCE examiner mailing list, please contact: gpteachingopps@glasgow.ac.uk.

 

Clinical Placements (Years 4 & 5)

About:

One student is based in your general practice for five continuous weeks as part of the clinical rotation which spans the final two years of the curriculum. The emphasis of the rotation is on student-centered learning, and supervisors will help students to identify learning objectives for the attachment.

Supervisors are asked to spend one hour each week reviewing the student’s progress – helping them to meet their learning objectives, discussing portfolio cases (two required in five weeks) and providing feedback on and assessment of their general performance.

The usual week will also include four ‘teaching surgeries’ (with the supervisor or other partners), where extra time is allowed for discussion and teaching, and a short ‘student surgery’ where the student conducts the consultation and is given constructive feedback. Students are encouraged to lead all, or part of, as many consultations with patients as possible.  The remainder of the week is allocated for personal study time or for ‘flexible sessions’, where students may undertake various activities, agreed in consultation with their supervisor. Input to learning is expected from the whole practice team.

There are eight GP blocks during the academic year, but practices may offer as many or as few placements as they wish: the average is two to three per year.


Payment:

Remuneration is £3,825 per student and is paid gross by the health board.


Who can apply:

Open to fully qualified GPs from the Ayrshire & Arran, Dumfries & Galloway, Forth Valley, Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Highland and Lanarkshire health boards.


How to apply:

Applications are welcome throughout the year - to apply please complete the Brief CV Form and Tutor Application Form and email your completed forms to: med-sch-gp-placements@glasgow.ac.uk.